What are the best resources for improving your writing skills?

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    #1Scrivener

    Scrivener

    Scrivener is a software for a long-form writing like novels and articles. It's easy to use, to organize and will adapt to all your ideas, plots, concepts, and characters.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS

    $40- Free trial available

    Arthur Vasquez
    Written on April 29, 2017
    "This is a next-level text editor that you must get if you're serious about writing. I've been working on a book for the last 8 months. Before this I was using a basic editor, and with 25,000 words completed thus far, it was so hard to go back and edit or find pieces of my story that needed work. SCrivener allows you to see each part of the story. It breaks it down into manageable pieces and allows you to jump back and forth to see sections that need work."
  2. 5

    #2StyleWriter

    StyleWriter
    StyleWriter shows you how to work like a professional editor: how to simplify, cut and rewrite, how to run the editor’s pen through your draft to produce a shorter, clearer and more readable style.
    Software

    Windows

    $90- Free trial available

    Laura Williamson
    Written on May 20, 2017
    "I found StyleWriter to be useful, especially since the software comes with a free trial. Ultimately, the best resource for learning to be a better writer is not something that can be guaranteed through a software solution. I have had better luck just checking out good books about the craft of writing from the library."
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    #3Writer's Digest University

    Writer's Digest University
    Writer's Digest University initiative provides users with online workshops to improve their fiction, non-fiction, short stories and freelance writing work, offering 76 online workshops across a huge range of topics.
    Course

    $139- Varis by course

    Ralph Bates
    Written on April 6, 2017
    "When I need to look into how to better create a proposal for work, I tend to look at this site to give me tips on how to adjust my writing style. A worthwhile bookmark if you are constantly writing documents for work or for play."
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    #4Daily Page

    Daily Page
    Daily Page emails you a writing prompt every morning, and you have the rest of the day to write your response. Once you've written your response to the prompt, you can either share it or keep it private.
    Websites

    $3.99- 1 month

    Douglas Arnold
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "Not really my thing and I write. I doubt this is among the best resources for improving your writing. It may help motivate you but Im skeptical of that."
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    #5wikihow: How to use English Punctuation Correctly

    wikihow: How to use English Punctuation Correctly
    Wikihow offers a wide selection of know-how and learn how resources. In this wiki, you can learn and read pieces of advice and professional tips on how to use English punctuation properly on all your texts. This is a very helpful resource to improve your writing
    Articles

    Free

    Alexander Mills
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "A very comprehensive guide to punctuation. When I started blogging I wanted to brush up on my composition skills and found this site to be a very useful place to start. Not the be all and end all, as the focus is rather narrow. But, a good place to check out and start honing your mastery of written English. "
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    #6[TUTORIAL] How to write a formal letter

    [TUTORIAL] How to write a formal letter
    It's becoming less and less common to write letters, but the few letters that you actually write tend to be very important ones. That's why they should be written properly. In this guide you'll get  advice on letter writing with some sample letters so you get the idea.
    Articles

    Free

    Michael Stephens
    Written on November 13, 2017
    "This website seemed really promising in helping me learn how to write more formal letters but unfortunately the site seems to be down. I was not able to access it at all and had to look somewhere else."
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    #7writers digest

    writers digest
    Writer's Digest is a magazine and an online web that is focused on helping writers to get their work published, improve their style and writing technique and offer courses and helping tools to writers and to anyone who want to write professionally.
    Websites

    Free

    Sai Sharma
    Written on January 7, 2017
    "I hit a rut in my writing. I couldn't focus and I was not getting sufficient work. There are lots of websites offering suggestions on how to get published. While it is a bit overloaded with information, the Writer's Digest website is a great resource for all of your writing needs."
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    #8The Elements of Style (4th Edition)

    The Elements of Style (4th Edition)

    The 4th edition of The Elements of Style is a writing style guide by William Strunk Jr. Originally published in 1920, this book is an enduring guide for grammar and punctuation usage for composition writing.

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    Jose Gomez
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "I needed to improve my writing skill, so my friend recommended that I use The Elements of Style. It has helped me immensely in improving my writing skill"
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    #9Blue Flower Editing

    Blue Flower Editing

    Blue Flower Editing is a writing service created by Antonn Park in 2009. It offers academic, book and mini editing which includes proofreading, researching, copyediting, and formatting. 

    Websites

    $40- Varies by plan

    Antonn Park
    Written on December 18, 2018
    "It's a resources blog that has some writing tips, and it's written by a writer/editor."
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    #101 Page at a Time

    1 Page at a Time
    The bestselling 1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion by Adam J. Kurtz includes 365 prompts, encouraging readers to draw, write, list, reflect and share. For more creative inspiration, it's available in red, blue and yellow covers.
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    Hansika Chavan
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "If you are looking to improve your writing skills, this companion book is the way to go. This book has over 300 pages of notebook sheets. There are a lot of quarterly check-in pages to check up on your writing. There is even a list that asks how you are feeling. This book will help improve your writing- one day at a time!"
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    #11Listography Journal: Your Life in Lists

    Listography Journal: Your Life in Lists
    Lisa Nola's Listography Journal: Your Life in Lists is part of the bestselling Listography journals. It's a fun and imaginative guided journal to writing an autobiography in list form. It's for adults who have had some living under their belts.
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    Crystal Freeman
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "If your thinking of writing a story about your life and need some ideas, this is the book that can help. I found that the book is geared more towards adults and those with more life experiences, but it still gives some good tips. This book will certainly give you some nice pointers about how to compile this type of writing. "
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    #12Grammar girl

    Grammar girl
    Mignon Fogarty runs this blog on his website called Quickanddirtytips.com Grammar girl is the helping hand for all your writing doubts. She offers tools to improve your writing skills, tips about English grammar, style correction and many other helpful resources.
    Websites

    Free

    Kathy Lucas
    Written on May 5, 2017
    "The grammar section of Quickanddirtytips.com is chock full of useful advice. It's a little difficult to find exactly what you are looking for, but if you just want an overall enhancement to your skills this is certainly a blog to read through. It can teach you all about the introductory paragraph of an essay or the difference between two very similar words. My favorites are the posts about where phrases come from and what exactly they mean... where did elbow grease come from? Grammar Girl can tell you."
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    #13Splitbrain

    Splitbrain
    Splitbrain is a free online summarizer that automatically figures out which sentences best represent the essence of the original text. This tool features several languages and offers the possibility of extracting keywords.
    Websites

    Free

    Jordan Hernandez
    Written on October 29, 2017
    "splitbrain doesn't really improve your writing skills all it does is just summarize text making it easier and quicker to read."
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    #14[TUTORIAL] How To Write and Abstract guide

    [TUTORIAL] How To Write and Abstract guide
    This little guide form the Linguist List is a classic to have a first idea of what we will be needing to write a compelling abstract for our thesis, paper or academic work. Although it was written in 1997 the base for the writing is the same for nowadays and it will help you to focus on the elements that you need for your abstract writing.
    Articles

    Free

    Diane Payne
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "I keep this website bookmarked for when I need to draft up compelling proposals to my employer. The format works well for this. I do not find it as helpful for general writing skills, such as writing a short story or a letter to somebody. This website is too specific for that, and pertains mainly to abstract ideas."
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    #15UACES how to write an abstract for a paper

    UACES how to write an abstract for a paper
    The Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies offers this little guide written by Albrecht Sonntag that explains all that you need to write an abstract that will make your paper published and accepted for any conference or peer review.
    Websites

    Free

    Ethan Hall
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "I had no idea how to write an abstract for a paper when I started graduate school. Then I found the UACES guide about how to write an abstract for a paper. This guide made it simple and explained everything that should and shouldn't be included in a proper abstract. I feel like an expert now."
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    #16Tips for Writing a Press Release

    Tips for Writing a Press Release
    Tips for Writing a Press Release is Cornell University's guide for writing press releases that work, with useful examples so you can get inspired.
    Articles

    Free

    Janice Jimenez
    Written on November 8, 2017
    "Very informative! Tells you how to write a press release with simple instructions. Nothing too fancy to learn, but it gives you more confidence if you do decide to write a press release. It could use a little more detail instructions on things, but definitely not a deal breaker."
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    #17Writing Center Abstract Tutorial at UNC

    Writing Center Abstract Tutorial at UNC
    The University of North Carolina provides on its website a brief tutorial on what is an abstract and how to write it. In it, you will learn what an abstract is and what you need to learn for writing good abstracts that sum up your thesis or paper.
    Websites

    Free

    Joyce Barnett
    Written on June 29, 2017
    "While I was working on my thesis, my advisor suddenly fell ill, and was extremely difficult to reach during this crucial process. In my search for good online resources to use as I was working on my writing, I stumbled upon the Writing Center Abstract Tutorial at UNC. This one stop webpage gave me so much information about what was expected in the content, formatting, and flow of the abstract, and couldn't have provided me with more help!"
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    #18Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

    Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

    Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within is a book written by Natalie Goldberg, first published in 1986. It aims to teach readers to achieve a healthy and sustainable writing practice through the art of Zen meditation.

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    Martina Aranda
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "I needed the best resources for improving my writing skills and found out about a book from a friend the other day. It is called Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. It lets me know how to achieve healthy and sustainable writing practices using meditation."
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    #19642 Things to Write About

    642 Things to Write About

    642 Things to Write About by the San Francisco Writers' Grotto is a collection of 642 outrageous and witty writing prompts. It's crafted to invite inspiration and get the creative juices flowing in no time.

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    Christine Ryan
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "This book really gaved me inspiration when I was stuck with an assigment in college. I like how its easy to understand and how it can really improve your writting skills if you use it frequently. This is definetely a good solution for someone that wants to improve their creative writting skills."
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    #20Paperrater

    Paperrater
    Paperrater is a free website that allows you to find those pesky mistakes and correct them before turning in your paper. Its proofreading system allows you to view detailed stats about word choice, grammar, spelling, and more.
    Websites

    Free

    Lorenzo Mondragón
    Written on November 7, 2017
    "Paperrater is a phenomenal website if you want to improve your writing skills. It's actually better than some of the expensive grammar and spellcheck sites! It helped me proofread an urgent article for work and I didn't have to pay a dime for it. This is one website I will refer to often as it serves all my needs perfectly!"
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    #21Living Out Loud

    Living Out Loud

    Living Out Loud by internationally bestselling creator Keri Smith provides a creative jump start to life. It includes games, activities, projects, crafts, postcards and playful ideas, encouraging the discovery of inspiration.

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    James Spencer
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I think this is great for those lacking inspiration or that feeling of getting into gear to accomplish what you'd like. I feel this'll definitely help someone who is having a tough time feeling positive as well. Judging from the reviews this has helped a lot of people. "
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    #22Poynter Writing Tools

    Poynter Writing Tools
    Poynter.org is a blog about journalism and writing that offers posts with tips and advises on how to write better, improve your skills and courses and training programs on journalistic writing. 
    Websites

    Free

    Juan Snyder
    Written on October 18, 2017
    "Poynter Writing Tools is touted as a blog to help you improve your writing skills but I didn't find much new or helpful info on the site. There are much better resources out there if you're looking to improved your writing skills, check out a couple books on the topic that is a good place to start."
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    #23The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers

    The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers

    The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers is a book written by American author and creative writing professor, John Gardner. It serves as a comprehensive guide for aspiring writers and includes lessons in technical writing skills.

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    Christina Fisher
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner is a great guide for future writers. The lessons in this book are easy to follow. It will definitely help you be more creative."

Summary

Best What are the best resources for improving your writing skills
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1ScrivenerSoftware 9 Paid
2StyleWriterSoftware 5 Paid
3Writer's Digest UniversityCourse 3 Paid
4Daily PageWebsites 1 Paid
5wikihow: How to use English Punctuation CorrectlyArticles 0 Free
6[TUTORIAL] How to write a formal letterArticles 0 Free
7writers digestWebsites 0 Free
8The Elements of Style (4th Edition)Books 0 Paid
9Blue Flower EditingWebsites 0 Paid
101 Page at a TimeBooks 0 Paid
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